Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league infielder Peter Van Gansen

February 6, 2016

We here at East Village Times had the privilege of interviewing recent San Diego Padres draftee, shortstop Peter Van Gansen. Peter Van Gansen was drafted in the 12th round of the 2015 Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (the same school of fellow Padres minor leaguer Nick Torres). Van Gansen is currently 21 years old and fresh off his first half season of professional ball. In his first…

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Padres News: Fernando Rodney pulled early from Caribbean Series game with leg tightness

February 5, 2016

Fernando Rodney was taken out of the game as a precautionary measure, DR manager said. He felt some leg tightness earlier in the week. — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 6, 2016 A collective sigh comes over the San Diego Padres front office as Fernando Rodney was just inked to a one-year deal this week. It looks as thought the team will be fine and his departure is being labeled as…

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Padres Editorial: Can Carlos Villanueva help the Padres starting rotation?

February 5, 2016

While the biggest news of Thursday was obviously the trade of Odrisamer Despaigne, the Padres may have found themselves another possible starting pitcher. A.J. Preller said the #Padres will look at Carlos Villanueva as a starter in ST. Can always go back to the bullpen. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) February 4, 2016 Like Brandon Maurer before him, one of the newest Padres, Carlos Villanueva, will get his shot to earn…

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Padres News: Despaigne Dealt to Orioles, clears room for Rodney

February 4, 2016

A lot of San Diego Padres fans were wondering about the signing of veteran closer, Fernando Rodney. The team reportedly agree to a deal with him last week, but nothing had been announced. With the 40-man roster filled to the brink, the Padres had to make a trade to clear room for the energetic closer. They did on Thursday by shipping Odrisamer Despaigne to the Orioles for RHP Jean Cosme….

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Padres Special: Remembering the 1984 N.L. Champion San Diego Padres

February 4, 2016

The 1984 San Diego Padres were not only the first team in franchise history to reach the World Series, but they were the first play-off team in the history of the franchise. The city of San Diego was in love with baseball and Padres fever was running rampant over America’s Finest City. I was eight years old in 1984, and a huge baseball fan. I already loved the game, but…

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Padres News: Who will the Padres leadoff hitter be in 2016?

February 3, 2016

With spring approaching very fast it is time to start to think about the 2016 San Diego Padres and what the team will look like on the field. There are many options that newly hired manager Andy Green can roll with, so the roster is still a work in progress. The 2015 team saw newly acquired slugger Wil Myers not only be forced into the starting center fielder role, but…

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Padres Editorial: Why Preller should trade Tyson Ross

February 2, 2016

Hey, before you say it, the answer is no. I do not want to trade Tyson Ross. I just believe it would be for the best long term. Still with me? Okay, good. Ross is under team control, and despite being a late bloomer, he is also relatively inexpensive. There’s a lot to love about Tyson Ross; his swing-and-miss rate is among the lead leader’s in MLB, as is his…

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Padres Rumors: Could Orioles interest in Andrew Cashner result in a trade?

February 2, 2016

A report has come out from Roch Kubatko from MASNSports.com that the Baltimore Orioles are looking for starting pitching and Andrew Cashner remains a possibility for the team. It is no secret that the Padres have shopped Cashner as well as Tyson Ross and James Shields to a certain degree. A.J. Preller is clearly gauging the market value on each pitcher. Anything can happen. Cashner remains the most likely to…

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Padres Editorial: Is the Padres Farm system being undervalued?

February 1, 2016

The brand new rankings have come out for the top 100 players in all of minor league baseball. The list is highly regarded and is a very useful tool when determining value of minor league players. With no surprise to anyone the Padres have only three players on the list. Manuel Margot (45th), Javier Guerra (58th) and Hunter Renfroe (92) all made the top 100 list, but was their ranking…

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Padres Special: From Nettles to Wiggins — to Mishaps, Extra Innings & New beginnings

February 1, 2016

Growing up; baseball was like a religion in our house. Just like a volatile perfectly flawed championship clubhouse. Maybe we were not always on the same page, but following baseball collectively was like watching Tony Gwynn wearing out a pre-game batting cage. Whatever way we chose to go in our respective lives, we always felt like “unbelievable” was playing; after a Steve Finley miraculous catch and dive. While we’d support…

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Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league pitcher Eric Yardley

January 31, 2016

The game of baseball is not an easy sport to play by any means. There are a lot of positive breaks that are needed in order for a player to make it to the next level. Nothing in the game of baseball can be taken for granted and Eric Yardley is well aware of this fact in life and in the game he loves. The right-handed side-arm style pitcher had…

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Brewer’s Banter: Rymer is NOT Bryce Harper, Calm Down Padres fans!

January 30, 2016

Rymer Liriano (Not Bryce Harper) Traded to the Brewers In the biggest Padre news of the week, Rymer Liriano was designated for assignment and later traded to the Milwaukee Brewers to clear a 40-man roster spot for new Padres shortstop Alexei Ramirez. In return the Padres got a left-handed reliever named Trevor Seidenberger, perhaps of some consequence down the line. While the trade made plenty of sense on the surface,…

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